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  • Jeonju Digital Project Expands to Features
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jan 23, 2014
  • SHIN Yeon-shick, PARK Jung-bum and Gyorgi Palfi to Participate

    The Jeonju International Film Festival recently announced that its 15th edition will run over May 1-10 this year, expanding its usual nine-day run, but that isn’t the only change afoot as its signature centerpiece, the commissioned Jeonju Digital Project, is also getting a makeover. Rather than invite filmmakers to make films clocking in at around 30 minutes and putting together an omnibus feature with the finished projects, this year’s Jeonju Digital Project will ask three prominent directors to shoot full-length features.
    The director’s invited to this year’s project are Gyorgi Palfi, the Hungarian behind Taxidermia (2006) and local cineastes SHIN Yeon-shick, who made The Russian Novel (2012) and Rough Play, and The Journals of Musan’s (2010) PARK Jung-bum. Palfi will present six-part ominbus Free Fall (working title), while SHIN will direct a tale of a novelist searching for his wife called Joryuingan, and PARK will make Sanda, a story of two brothers set in a village in the mountainous Gangwon province.
    By combining the available funds for the Jeonju Digital Project and Short! Short! Short! omnibus, another of JIFF’s commissioned works, Jeonju is looking to finance the kinds of films that normally wouldn’t receive funding. Many prominent filmmakers have taken part in the Jeonju Digital Project over the years, including Bong Joon Ho, HONG Sangsoo and Chinese filmmaker JIA Zhanke.
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